Possible causes of skin issues: hormonal imbalance, thyroid imbalance

Is your skin feeling or looking different lately? Are you noticing new wrinkles, fine lines, flaky, dry or itchy skin that make you pause when you look in the mirror? You might also find you avoid certain clothes so you can hide the parts of skin you don’t want other people to see. You may even dash into the bathroom to scratch itchy patches of skin.

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Vibrant, glowing skin is one of the first indicators of health, and if you’re struggling with skin issues, it may be a sign that changes are occurring beneath the surface. Plus, it can be uncomfortable, frustrating, and embarrassing.

It’s common to chalk up changes in skin to age or dry weather, but in fact, skin changes can be a sign that something is “off” inside your body. Common causes for chronic dry skin are: hormonal imbalances, thyroid imbalances, and nutritional deficiencies. Nutritional deficiencies can be involved with both thyroid and hormonal imbalances since your body depends on a consistent supply of rich nutrition to make and balance your sex and thyroid hormones.

“My coworkers have noticed that my skin has color again; my complexion has improved, the dark circles are diminishing, and there have been comments on my weight loss and general brightness.”

Laurel, customer

Hormonal imbalance — which typically accompanies menopause and perimenopause — causes dry skin because of declining levels of reproductive hormones that normally stimulate oil glands. As hormone levels fall, so does oil production, causing skin to become rough, dry, itchy or flaky. Deficiencies in essential fatty acids and other nutrients contribute directly to dry skin by failing to give your skin cells the materials they need to replenish themselves. This can also make women more susceptible to hormonal imbalance, exacerbating the problem.

Thyroid hormones also stimulate oil glands and when your thyroid hormones are imbalanced, as in the case of hypothyroidism or sub-clinical hypothyroidism, dry skin can be one of the first symptoms to arise.

Which profile best describes your experience with skin issues?

  • Dry skin and hormonal imbalance. If your skin undergoes changes due to a sex hormonal imbalance, it will seem dry, itchy, or possibly flaky. Though using oils and moisturizers can help in the short-term, the dryness will likely persist until the issue is solved internally.

  • Dry skin and thyroid imbalance. Imbalanced thyroid hormones can make skin not only dry, but yellowish in color, cold to the touch, and often pale. Skin issues due to thyroid imbalance might also occur with other thyroid symptoms, like heat or cold intolerance, puffiness in the skin, fatigue, and unusual changes to body shape and weight.

What you can do today

Drink at least 8-10 eight-ounce glasses of filtered water.

Why it works

You’ve heard this advice so many times before but it is still the most powerful, immediate step you can take. Water not only hydrates your skin, but it also flushes your body of chemicals, toxins, and pollution that lead to damaging free radicals and signs of premature aging.

Skin solutions — naturally

When your skin doesn't look its best, it’s hard to feel your best. Dry, itchy skin not only prevents you from doing (and wearing) the things you want, but it can be uncomfortable or even painful.

But don’t blame your skin troubles on your age. We can help you find the root cause of your skin symptoms and show you how to support your body with the nutrients and natural hormonal support you need for healthy skin and good health all around.

Our Hormonal Health Program — a holistic approach to healthy skin and more

Skin issues can often be connected to hormonal or thyroid imbalances. Our Hormonal Health Program helps return your body to balance naturally and soothes your skin from the inside out. Our hormonal support formulas and practical dietary and lifestyle guidelines have been proven effective with thousands of women.

NOTE: If you think your skin issues are related to a thyroid imbalance, see more about our T-Balance Plus.

We’re always here to answer your questions when you need answers about your health issues. We’re real women right here in Maine and we understand how skin conditions can relate to your overall health and sense of wellbeing. Call us toll-free at 1-800-798-7902.